Penn State freshman Damion Barber to arrive late, Corey Bolds on the rise and more
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Damion Barber will be a late arrival
Incoming Penn State freshman Damion Barber, a 4-star defensive end from Harrisburg (Pa.) High School, told Audrey Snyder of DKPittsburghSports.com that he will report to school on July 30, some five weeks after his classmates.
The 6-3, 244-pound Barber revealed that to Snyder on Tuesday night, following a practice for the upcoming Big 33 All-Star game.
Per her report:
“I gotta do some classwork, some college courses. I’ve already graduated, but I’ve gotta do some of my college courses and then I’ll get up there on July 30. Coach [James Franklin] told me to worry about my school first and he said once I get up there I’ll do whatever I can and as much as I can ― and I gotta do as much as I can while I’m home.”
Barber was a high school teammate of another defensive end, Micah Parsons, who de-committed from Penn State in April. According to 247Sports’ Crystal Ball predictions, Ohio State is the favorite to land Parsons, though that same outlet reports he made an unofficial visit to Penn State on June 3.
Corey Bolds, now the dutiful
Another freshman defensive lineman, tackle Corey Bolds, did a 180 midway through his career at Paramus (N.J.) Catholic High School, according to a report by Ryne Gery of the Centre Daily Times.
J’vonne Parker, the former NFL player who trained Bolds, told Gery that as a sophomore, Bolds was “a real cool kid” who had some growing up to do. But he did that and became more committed to his craft. As a result. he developed into a more effective player.
Rated a 3-star prospect by 247Sports, the 6-3, 280-pound Bolds was an 11th-hour addition to the Lions’ recruiting class, choosing Penn State over Rutgers ― Parker’s alma mater ― and Minnesota on the eve of signing day in February.
And as Parker told Gery, the sky is the limit:
“He has the mindset for greatness. He wants to always better himself, and he’s never satisfied with average and mediocrity.”
The beat’s good, and you can dance to it …
As noted by the Land of 10’s Alex Putterman, Pennlive.com’s Brian Linder and others, yet another newcomer to Penn State’s program, cornerback Lamont Wade, released his first rap single and video on Tuesday.
In the future he might want to team up with fifth-year senior wide receiver DaeSean Hamilton, who tweeted the following:
If I could do something besides football, I'd be a music producer undoubtedly
— DaeSean Hamilton (@SkeeterMills__) June 13, 2017
Hamilton, who graduated last December with a degree in advertising and public relations, has 161 career receptions to date. He needs 19 more in his final season to become the school’s all-time leader in that department.
The current leader, Deon Butler, had 179 catches from 2005-08.